Restaurant free-rider ‘wants to stay in Swedish jail’

A convicted Scottish sex offender who ran up a 140,000 kronor bill at one of Stockholm's top restaurants has said he wants to serve his sentence in Sweden.

John Cronin, from East Lothian in Scotland, is well known as a confidence trickster and sex offender in Britain and Ireland.

Earlier in August, he ran up a huge bill at Stockholm’s exclusive Operakällaren restaurant, which he refused to pay. Following his arrest, police found that he had also run up a big bill at Malmö’s Hotel Savoy.

Cronin’s lawyer, Bengt H Nilsson, said he had no desire to serve his sentence in his homeland. “My understanding is he actually wishes to serve his sentence in Sweden,” he told The Local. Asked why Cronin wanted to stay in Swedish jail, Nilsson said he did not wish to comment.

The Scot, who goes on trial next week, “will plead guilty to the charges,” Nilsson said.